Canal des Pangalanes - Take Three

The Canal des Pangalanes is a series of man made and natural lakes linked by rivers running down the east coast of MG for about 300 miles and is mainly used for transportation and fishing. We spent about seven hours there and back (including stops along two fishing villages and a small hotel for lunch), so I'm sure we only saw a very, very small part of the entire canal.

It's always interesting, never the same twice, and just a great way to spend a Sunday.

Most of the canal residents live in accomodation like these:

Even with what seems to be nothing - they take great care and pride of their homes.

The first village we stopped in had a school. This school teaches ONE HUNDRED AND FOURTY elementary school kids.

A few pictures of the village children:

I couldn't resist taking a picture of these lucky boys that had toy trucks to play with. I made sure to put some candy for them inside the back of their truck.

Handing out candy and apples to the kids:

Our lunch stop:

Click here to see a live version of our lunchtime entertainment.

These little girls sure know how to shake it!!

Do you think this little boy has seen his sisters perform this dance a few too many times?

His thought bubble would read something like: GEEZZZ, This is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO boring.....when can we go home already?!?!?!!

Watching those dancers was hard work.... someone had the great idea to buy them each (including the annoyed little bros) a bottle of cold Coke.

Lunch wasn't the greatest, but the entertainment was certainly worth it.
I had brought a soccer ball to give to one of the villages and planned to throw it into shore from the boat, so that I wouldn't have to deal with the decision of who to give it to - or get caught up in the the mad chaos of who gets the ball first...

Unfortunately....I throw like a girl.... and the ball landed about three feet from the the middle of the canal.

Fortunately - there were two brave little guys that went swimming (wayyyy over their heads!!) to get the ball!!

They made it back to shore and we watched the instant beginnings of a sunday soccer game... :)

Next up: Village #2.

Our guide took us to an area where zebus (the local breed of cow) are sacrificed. He described when/why/how the zebu is killed. I....may have stopped paying attention at this point...

Look closely on the top of the stick - each time a zebu is sacrificed, his head is placed on the stick (and I'm pretty sure they don't refer to it as a "stick")..
Poor little zebu.... luckily sacrifices only occur for two occasions: when incest occurs and when little boys are circumsized. I won't go into any further detail there...

After the second village, we all got back on the boat and headed back into town. But not before a lot more smiles and waves from smaller villages we passed.
This is always a fun part way to end the tour.
There are a lot of things to see and do in Madagascar, especially in the Tamatave area. This is the third time I've been on this tour, but I truly find it a nice way to spend the day. Interacting with people/children that I would normally never meet and spending the day in the sun with good friends. But - I really should get on finding a different Sunday event.

Not sure what will be up next....


  1. We love those precious faces you capture. Keep them coming.Love G@Gxxoo

  2. Nicole the photos of all the little children are so so so very cute. I am just catching up on your blog after a few weeks and can't believe all I have missed.
    Those eyes with the little ones would get to me!